Högertrafikomläggningen in Sweden

Posted By on September 26, 2021

What does it take for a country to switch from left-hand to right-hand driving?

Sweden did just that in 1967 … with a lot of preparation. It was called Dagen H orHögertrafikomläggningen.”

Our Samsung side-by-side Refrigerator Icemaker has failed

Posted By on September 25, 2021

SamsungFridgeIcemakerSamsungFridgeIceMakerPart

I’m going write this Samsung Refrigerator failed icemaker blog post up with the idiom that “they don’t make them like they used to.”

I’m not exactly sure what electrical part has failed, but the electrical circuit or electronic board that controls the thaw/motor swipe to remove the frozen cubes from the small 8-cube ice tray is not working. I spent way too much time diagnosing from the aspect of “resetting” and forced defrost to realize that it is something in the icemaker circuit itself. I manually used a heat gun to see if I could get the motor to turn the fingers (and it sort of does) but sense that the problem is in getting the heat bars to turn on that warms up the tray for a few minutes. I’ve concluded that it should heat the tray just enough so the cubes can be flipped out of the small tray and start the circuit all over again.

SamsungIcemakerRS22HDHPNSR-AA_m

(more…)

Tech Friday filler: Mobile Internet traffic worldwide

Posted By on September 24, 2021

Saved an interesting graphic posted on social media this past week. It is interesting to look at and contemplate how we use our smartphones and tablets … it also works as a Tech Friday filler.

MobileInternetTrafficWorldwide2021m

A map of showing the 4037 cities with populations over 100K

Posted By on September 23, 2021

This map was posted on Brilliant Maps back in 2015, but graphically seeing the 4037 cities around the world with over 100,000 people in them was interesting for those of us who enjoy studying maps.

CitiesWithMoreThan100K_2015
LINK to larger black and white and LINK to color overlay map

It may not be the most up-to-date map, but it was impressive enough to visually ponder (Link to the interactive version).

The top 5 countries with the most 100K+ cities are:

  1. India – 328
  2. Brazil – 300
  3. USA – 295
  4. Japan – 263
  5. China – 209

In total these cities house around 2.1 billion people or around 28% of the world’s population.

Archive: Weekend catch-up with a few family photos

Posted By on September 23, 2021

This content is restricted.

Welcome to autumn 2021 and prepare for a long, cold winter

Posted By on September 22, 2021

As we shift from summer to autumn, those of us living north of the Mason-Dixon line have to prepare and wonder just what is in store when it comes to winter weather?

SeasonOfShivers2021-2022

Although I’m not a big follower of the Farmer’s Almanac, I recognized that they have an 80% record over 230 years in predicting weather forecasts (so they say).

So welcome to the first day of fall (Fall Equinox) …and get ready for a long, cold winter.

“This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest that we’ve seen in years..” 
–  Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac (link)

A modern old favorite map (Pangaea – 175-300 million years ago)

Posted By on September 21, 2021

De_Wegener_Kontinente_018When I was a kid, I remember studying the illuminated glass globe in my bedroom and my grandparents pre-WW II atlas and then stumbling across the science theory showing the Alfred Wegener proposed supercontinent called Pangaea.

The other day I saved the image overlay of today’s international borders on top of the globe image (click image for larger) and thought it was interesting enough to include on my blog … but then again, I love maps and geography (check out this interactive version).

PangaeaMap

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
My Desultory Blog